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BSO Deputies Shoot Suspect After Woman Shot in Tamarac Apartment Complex

Officials said deputies were forced to shoot man armed with handgun who they say shot a woman

Broward Sheriff's deputies shot a man at a Tamarac apartment complex Thursday evening after they say he shot his girlfriend.

Deputies responded to the complex in the 5800 block of Northwest 57th Court around 7 p.m.

Cellphone video showed the suspect on the stairs of the complex as deputies tried to negotiate with him. The man appeared to point a gun at them, and then deputies opened fire.

The woman and the man were hospitalized and in stable condition, according to Sheriff Gregory Tony.

Tony said deputies had responded to a domestic violence call and encountered the man, who was armed with a handgun. The deputies spent about 20 minutes trying to get the man to disarm himself, Tony said.

"After several minutes of trying to de-escalate it, the suspect determined that he was going to present the weapon in a hostile manner, pointed it directly at our deputies and our deputies ended up firing at the suspect, putting him down and stopping that threat," Tony said.

Tony praised the deputies involved, saying they used a less lethal shotgun on the suspect.

"It's highly dangerous, we have an individual who has already proven to be aggressive, he shot someone inside the house," Tony said. "They did an outstanding job."

Officials identified the suspect as 32-year-old Kimani Pearce and the woman as 31-year-old Merica Green.

Pearce is facing aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault on an officer charges.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

This is a developing story. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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